ELLEN GREY CARTER

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Camp NaNoWriMo

This April, I’m joining a cabin and I WILL finish Sanctity.  I have about 15,000 words done.  Basically, it’s a big outline.  I don’t know if Camp NaNoWriMo is all about starting and finishing a single rough draft like it is in November, but for me, I need to stick with one idea and finish it.

Back in November, I hit 37,000 words with my first novel, As The Rain Fell.  That was done for me.  And so I continued the work into the next book in the series until I finally hit over 52,000 words by the end of November.

This April, I want to achieve a high level of focus and finesse.  My goal is to hit 50,000 words (or have a completed draft) of Sanctity.  If it happens before the end of the month, then I will either continue into the second book in the series or work on the entire work so I know exactly what happens.  Or I will polish it.  It’s a lofty goal, but I would love to have a piece of work that I can begin working on a query letter for and start submitting in May.  I have already started compiling a list of agents I am interested in submitting to, based on their interests and current/past clients.  Am I being too ambitious?  I don’t think so.  I truly believe that people who get to do what they desire deeply within their heart, are successful because they never gave up, and they gave it their all.  110%, as they say.

So cliche’s abound!  No going back!  Never surrender!  Quitters never prosper!  Stuff like that!

Maybe I should put all kinds of terribly overused sayings all over my wall, around my computer.  Might be quite motivating.

Or it could infuse itself into my writing.  So…maybe not.

I hope you’ll join me!  And if you are doing it, let me know your username.  I think we can friend each other or something cool like that.  I like friends.  Friending is cool.

Ellen Grey Carter & Camp NaNoWriMo

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5 comments on “Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. MissTiffany
    March 7, 2013

    I’ve never tried NaNoWriMo in April, but I do have a novel I’m trying to polish – perhaps I’ll join you! Either way, I wish you good luck!

    • Ellen
      March 7, 2013

      Oh yes! Do join me! And good luck to you too. I find these mass writing events very motivating and helpful.

      • MissTiffany
        March 7, 2013

        I just signed up! My username is TiffanyM if you want to be friends to join each other’s cabin.

      • Ellen
        March 11, 2013

        Hey! I requested to be in a cabin with you. Might help if you do the same…the next round of cabin selections happens in a week. My username is ellengrey. 🙂

      • MissTiffany
        March 12, 2013

        I just requested to be in a cabin with you too! Hopefully it works out! 🙂

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